An Attitude Of Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:18: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

This definition of grace is very informative: The divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude.

Is the grace of God reflected in our lives? Has it made us grateful? Most of the time within moments of praying to receive Christ individuals speak these two words: Thank you! But sometimes they don*t. I encourage them to thank the Lord and most of them understand quickly that He has done something wonderful for them. Sometimes they quickly follow their prayer with Thank you Lord! When there is no unimportant expression of gratitude to me or the important expression of Gratitude to God I am deeply troubled. I do not know if God has done a work on their hearts or not. I do not see anything new reflected in their attitude and I become doubtful that the grace of God has done anything life-changing to them. It is even more troubling when individuals who have been saved for a long time seldom express gratitude to God. They don*t seem to know or remember that God has done great things for them. Gratitude to God should be the attitude of a believer all of his life. Is it yours?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon devotional on Psalms 126:3: The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.

Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, *I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.* Such an abstract of experience as this is the very best that any child of God can present. It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully do we know this, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Saviour, who overcomes these corruptions, and delivers us from their dominion. In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been in the Slough of Despond, and have crept along the Valley of Humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have been through them safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us *out into a wealthy place.* The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life*s song, *He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.*

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